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19 Mitsubishi Lancer Alaskan Travel 14 DesertSTAR W Your Community News SOURCE 2 Editorial Opinion October 11, 2012 • E E K Vol. 6 No. 41 Congressional Candidates Square Off at Debate Editorial...page 2 • L PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID Desert Hot Springs, CA PERMIT NO 00005 Y www.desertstarweekly.com Valley Business Growth on the Rise DHS and Indio Lead the Pack By Jackie Devereaux Candidate Dr. Raul Ruiz Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack Civic Leaders and Board Chart Cabot’s future by DSW Staff Writer DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA- Elected officials, city staffers and Cabot’s Museum Board of Directors met over two days last weekend to conduct strategic planning for the facility over the next three to five years. Among areas covered were existing buildings, newly planned Cabot’s Lodge in Desert Hot Springs structures, volunteer programs and various revenue goals. “Cabot’s Museum is the premier cultural asset this city has to offer visitors,” said Rick Daniels, Desert Hot Springs City Manager and one of the participants. The sessions were facilitated by the firm Technology of Participation (TOP), who kept all gathered on task and will provide a formal report to the Board at a future date. All costs were absorbed by the Cabot Foundation. The sessions were divided into exercises that culminated in all the information being compiled into tasks that subgroups were then assigned to work on over the next 12 month period. “This was so important to gather this group around one table to bring about a common vision for the future of the Museum and Cabot’s dream for our community,” said Lorraine Becker, immediate past president and another member of the group. Another topic on the final day was reviewing the Miracle Hill plan for the area around Cabot’s Museum, as well as the Museum’s role within the “Sand to Snow” national monument plan being currently championed JUMP TO PAGE 21 COACHELLA VALLEY, CA – After a quick Sales Tax Receipts Comparison for the Second Quarter of 2012 to the Second Quarter of 2011, it’s apparent that business is up in the Coachella Valley with Desert Hot Springs and Indio scoring the biggest growth. DHS sales tax is up 19 percent and Indio scored the second highest in growth at 14.2 percent while Riverside County scored 9.2 percent growth with a 7.5 percent growth rate for the entire state. Desert Hot Springs is growing fast. Its business has nearly tripled the county rate and doubled the state growth rate. The 19 percent growth in taxable retail sales represents $340,448 in revenue during just the 2nd Quarter of 2012, up $54,323 from the same quarter last year. The increases were led by a 74 percent increase in business and industry, 37 percent increase in fuel, and 27 percent increase in Autos and Supplies Major Industry Groups. With the adjustment for two closed restaurants all Seven Major Industry Groups consisting of 540 retail businesses increased. The City’s Sales Tax Receipts has increased 70 percent since 2nd Quarter 2009. While that number is impressive, the per capita sales has doubled during that same time period. More people are shopping locally than ever before. The actual increase in sales tax receipts is $56,305 higher than was forecast for this quarter. The 2010-11 total of $1,025,184 for the same quarters grew by $257,423 to $1,282,606 in 2011-12 or 25 percent during last year. The growth in this last quarter puts the City on a path that could increase another 21 percent during this current fiscal year. What does this mean? The City of Desert Hot Springs continues to lead the Coachella Valley and is in the top tier of sales tax revenue growth in the fastest growing county in Southern California as a result of more retail purchases within the city. More people are spending more per person in the city. Business creation is increasing within existing businesses. The groundbreaking last week for the new Dollar General, new YK (10 room) Spa, and other pending retail announcements will only increase the economic expansion in region. The city’s Economic Development Strategic Plan and public-private and regional partnerships are working,” said City Manager Rick Daniels. “It is a good day to be a business in Desert Hot Springs. There is still significant untapped purchasing power in the city,” he added. Boxer Addresses Seniors About Medicare Issue PALM SPRINGS, CA – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke to seniors at the Mizell Senior Center Friday, Oct. 12 about the need to protect Medicare and Medicaid to ensure that current and future seniors will get the health care they need. Before Medicare was enacted in 1965, the majority of seniors had no health insurance and one-third of seniors lived in poverty. Today, nearly all seniors have access to Medicare and senior citizen poverty has been cut in half. Senator Boxer talked about President Obama’s efforts to strengthen the program as well as the House Republican budget, which would turn Medicare into a voucher system that would not keep up with the rising costs of health care and leave seniors stuck paying about $6,000 a year out of their own pockets. STAROpinion Congressional Race Tighter Than Ever Undecided and Independents Hold Swing Votes By Jackie Devereaux, Editor-in-Chief The congressional race for the 45th district is tighter than ever before and Desert Hot Spring voters along with “Undecided’s” and “Independents” will cast the deciding votes in this hotly contested race between Mary Bono Mack and Dr. Raul Ruiz. Republican Congresswoman Bono Mack, wife of Connie Mack IV, who is also running for the U.S. Senate in Florida, both find themselves fighting for their political careers for the first time since taking office. And one has to wonder what will happen if they both lose their races? Will they live in Florida or in California? Critics claim that neither of them lives in their electoral states. Floridians claim the couple spends all their time in California while Californians claim the Mack’s live in Florida. And how can one spouse represent one state and the other spouse represent another state on the opposite coast? I don’t get this picture at all. One local staunch Republican, an attorney who wishes to remain anonymous, told me that he thought Bono Mack appeared desperate during the debate and that her performance destroyed her credibility. She immediately went on the attack mode during her opening statement which is traditionally designed for thanking everyone for being there, for thanking the host, and for welcoming a chance to debate the issues. Instead, Bono Mack lashed out at her opponent Democrat Dr. Raul Ruiz calling him un-American. I have always been a strong supporter of women in business and government, but even I thought it was shocking to see her act that way. I don’t think I’m alone. I was raised a Republican, heck my parents held Ronald Reagan’s first fundraiser in our back yard in Simi Valley when he ran for president of the Screen Actors Guild. I’ve switched parties a number of times over the years, and most of my life my voting record has been split. I vote for some Republicans and some Democrats. I vote for some liberal issues and some right wing issues, and I think I’m more typical of voters these days. I know many voting experts think that people generally vote along party lines, and that may have been true in the past. It’s not anymore. With mass media, the Internet and social networks, people’s opinions are all across the board. For those of us that consider ourselves Free Thinkers and not tied to any political party, I’m here to report that Bono Mack turned me off in a big way. Our congressional seat is not a slam dunk like in the last election where she beat Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet by nine percent and beat Julie Bornstein by 16 percent two elections ago. With congressional district boundary changes, the City of Desert Hot Springs finds itself as a major player in this election with the capacity to sway the election toward Dr. 2 DesertSTAR Ruiz’s side. Also, according to the Registrar of Voters in Riverside County, more than 17 percent of those registered to vote are “Independents,” and with the “Undecided Voters” that leaves a lot of swing votes. I found our congressional debate to be caustic, acerbic and out of character for a woman I previously thought was a good choice for Congress. How can her attack of Dr. Ruiz’s Thanksgiving Day protest against the poor treatment of Native American Indians at Plymouth Rock back in 1997 when he was at Harvard Medical School be taken seriously? How can she point the finger at Dr. Ruiz when her husband has a record of bar room brawls and road rage dating from 1987 through 1992? I did some fact checking and found a website called Politico. It says this about one commercial from Mack’s opponent Bill Nelson: “Florida, meet Connie Mack IV. A promoter for Hooters with a history of bar room brawling, altercations and road rage. A big spender with a trail of debts, liens and unpaid bills. He has one of the worst attendance records in Congress this year but he still voted to end Medicare as we know it. Questionable work habits. A sense of entitlement. Connie Mack, he thinks the rules are different for him.” Another Florida ad found on Politico: “Connie Mack’s Hooters connection…Mack, his political action committee and his wife U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., received nearly $50,000 in donations from Hooters management during their time in office.” HOOTERS? Are they kidding me? A guy who promotes Hooters is running for the U.S. Senate in Florida and he’s got an arrest record for road rage and bar brawls, and his wife is an incumbent for the past 14 years in the Congress? What’s wrong with this picture? My anonymous Republican lawyer also said that if he had paid someone $10 million for 14 years on the job and had Bono Mack’s’ record, he’d fire them. I wonder why Dr. Ruiz never brought up her husband’s arrest record in Florida. The same Politico website revealed that in 1989 “Mack was arrested in a Jacksonville nightclub called Bananas by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy after an altercation inside the club. Mack called the arrest a misunderstanding and pleaded no contest. The judge withheld adjudication, meaning he has no criminal record. The report was sealed by court order but Mack was later involved in litigation that brought the incident to light.” Again, in February 1992, “Mack was involved in a bar brawl with professional baseball player Ron Gant at an Atlanta bar called Calico Jack’s.” The Miami Herald reported: “A waitress testified that Mack, who had been heavily drinking beer and Jagermeister shots all night, October 18, 2012 took the first swing at Gant. Mack testified he couldn’t remember how much beer he drank, but said he had only one liquor shot — of tequila. Gant claims a drunken Mack repeatedly bumped into him, precipitating a fight. Mack claims Gant attacked him for no reason. During the melee, Gant head-locked Mack. Mack testified that he couldn’t breathe. So he starting striking and grabbing the ball player’s crotch. At a certain point, the club’s bouncers got involved and Mack broke his ankle. He sued Gant, who was held liable. But a jury awarded no damages. There exists a court document in which Mack describes that incident at length.” Politico notes another 1988 road rage incident that came to light in 1996 during the deposition involving the Gant case. This all makes a thinking person reason that maybe Connie Mack IV’s youthful anger issues may have spilled over into his wife’s campaign. Has Bono Mack changed from the dutiful wife of our region’s beloved Sonny Bono? Does Chaz Bono support his step mom? During the debate Bono Mack said she has a “relationship” with her transgender step son but that the issue of gay marriage should be left up to the courts! Is she for real? How can she expect to win the election without the gay vote? I see a conflict here. You decide on Nov. 6 because your vote counts in the 45th congressional race. DesertSTAR W E E K L Y www.desertstarweekly.com 66538 Eighth Street, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760-671-6604 FAX: 760-671-6730 facebook.com/desertstarweekly twitter.com/desertstarnews Office Hours: 8 – 5, Monday through Friday publisher Richard M. Perry Editor-IN-CHIEF: Jackie Devereaux OFFICE MANAGER: Mindy Witsiepe SALES TEAM: Abel Lujan ART DIRECTOR: Donald Henderson CONTRIBUTORS: Art Kunkin, Ren Yogamaya, Robert Kinsler, Reno Fontana, Frances Allen, Sherman Fridman, Theda Kleinhaus Reichman, Chris Hermann PHOTOGRAPHER: Pat Krause INTERN: Jorge Romero III ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER: Arlette Capel All advertising in the Desert Star Weekly newspaper subject to current rate card. The newspaper reserves the right not to accept an advertiser’s order. The entire contents of the Desert Star Weekly newspaper © 2012. All rights reserved. www.desertstarweekly.com LocalSTAR Letters Desert Hot Springs Boutique to the Editor Spa Tour Set for Oct. 25 presidential debate Dear SUPER Reporter: Your way to explain the 1st. Presidential Debate is not just fair, it is right on the money! It does mean that there are still smart people in America who cannot be fooled and who can discern between facts and fiction. I wish you would also check into yesterday’s night local debate between Mrs. Bono and Dr. Ruiz at local NBC TV 6. Since this public presentation has to do with our local representation in Washington, I am sure that we all in the Coachella Valley would love to hear your opinion about it. If you could admit some confusion, can you imagine how much of it is found among voters? Thank you and more THANKS for voicing your smart thinking!!! Tony D’Alessio, Desert Hot Springs LOVE the new format Congratulations on the roll out of your new format. I actually like it! I enjoyed your writing on the Donald (Trump) piece. We need to be particularly concerned about our air quality because we are in such a natural bowl. I also enjoyed Reno Fontana’s story about crowd funding…WOW, that’s pretty cutting edge topic…I like it. Patti Garland, Xeno Design, Inc. PALM DESERT, CA – As part of the Greater Palm Springs Spa & Salon Month festivities, The Girlfriend Factor, in partnership with the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, will present a tour of six of Desert Hot Springs’ unique boutique spa properties on Thursday, Oct. 25, starting at 5 p.m. “Since the annual Desert Hot Springs Spa Tour in February often sells out quickly, this is a great opportunity for spa lovers to visit some of these exceptional spa properties known for their healing waters before the desert’s high season begins,” said Spa & Salon Month Chair Gayle Moore. Desert Hot Springs spas participating in the Oct. 25 spa tour include Anahata Springs Spa & Retreat, Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa, El Morocco Inn & Spa, Hacienda Hot Springs Inn & Spa, The Spring Resort & Spa, and Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa. The Boutique Spa Tour price is $40 per person and includes: Tour transportation from Palm Desert to Desert Two Area Hotels in Court for Receivership DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – “The city prosecutor secured the court’s permission to appoint a receiver for the Flamingo Hotel on Oct. 10. The city is pursuing demolition or restoration of the hotel as a result of the fire earlier this year. They have exceeded every time limit provided to remedy the situation,” said City Manager Rick Daniels. “With the city’s assistance the receiver will conduct due diligence Hot Springs via VIP Cardiff Coach, cocktails and light snack receptions at each resort, discount vouchers, a Desert Hot Springs Spa Tour reusable bag, and entry in Desert Hot Springs spa giveaway drawings. Sponsor Crater Lake Vodka will offer “spa-licious” drinks during the tour. Advance reservations are required and space is limited. To reserve your space today, visit www.thegirlfriendfactor. org and click on Events. on restoring the hotel or demolishing it. The rehab plan will be presented to the court in 45 days at which time a hearing will be held for the final disposition. “The court also commented that our case was compelling and well presented. Congratulations to the City Prosecutor, Code Enforcement, Community Development, Chief Tomlinson, and Commander Ken Peary. “Later this month we are pursuing a similar strategy for the Hyundae Hotel; repair or demolish. In this case the owner has attempted on at least two occasions to rent rooms after the building has been declared a hazard,” Daniels said. Academy Stages Mock Quake Drill CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Cathedral City High Health Academy Students Respond to Great Shakeout “Casualties” on Thursday, Oct. 18, between 10:40 – 11:40 a.m. at the Cathedral City High School, located at 69-250 Dinah Shore Drive. All Palm Springs Students at Cathedral City High School in mock drill Unified School District schools will be participating in the state “Great Shakeout” Earthquake Drill with a “Duck, Cover and Hold” and evacuation exercise. At Cathedral City High, the exercise will be taken several steps further as students in the school’s LOL! Very funny comments about Donald Trump! I laughed out loud. Haven’t done that in a long time from reading an editorial. Keep up the good work. I want to hear more from you. Bill from Desert Hot Springs Health Environmental Academy of Learning (HEAL) respond to mock injured students (complete with assigned injuries, authentic make-up, etc.) and staff members following the evacuation and sweep team search of the buildings. The exercise will take about an hour. Cathedral City High School mock drill www.desertstarweekly.com October 18, 2012 DesertSTAR 3 STARSociety STAR’S DESERT SHORTFEST at the ACE By Frances Allen STAGECOACH MUSIC FESTIVAL If the names Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band mean nothing to you then the announcement of the program lineup for Stagecoach, the massive country music festival, to be held Apr. 27-29, in Indio will also draw a yawn. However, if you are one of the ardent fans of country music, than the roster of 2013 Stagecoach event will make you want to put on your barn-dance boots and try to make reservations in a local hotel prior to their, and Stagecoach itself, being sold out. Spread over three days, Stagecoach brings hundreds of top-of-the-chart performers to the Desert, including the three names at the top of the bill, plus the likes of Hank Williams, Jr., Dwight Yoakum, Jerry Lee Lewis and Charley Pride. Three-day general admission passes, which are available on line as of 10 a.m. Oct. 20, cost $239, and the producers say that unlike past festivals, the price is all inclusive, with no add-ons for taxes, shipping or fees. Jack Abramoff RANCHO MIRAGE 2013 SPEAKER SERIES On a slightly less musical note, the City of Rancho Mirage has announced that Jack “I-sang-for-a-reducedsentence” Abramoff; Debbie “America’s acting and musical sweetheart” Reynolds; and, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin make up the lineup for the city’s 2013 Speakers Series. Abramoff will speak on Jan. 30, Reynolds on Feb. 27, and Kearns Goodwin on March 27. Individual tickets are $60 for preferred seating and $45 for general admission. Series tickets and admission to afterparties with the speakers are available at additional costs. Do you have a short attention span? The Palm Springs International Film Society and Ace Hotel & Swim Club have announced a new monthly screening event, called ShortFest at the ACE. Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and continuing on the third Wednesday of each month, ShortFest at the ACE will present themed film programs from the Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest and most prestigious short film event held in North America. All shorts will be screened for free in the Clubhouse at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in downtown Palm Springs starting at 7 p.m. WORLD POKER TOUR Unless your TV set has been broken for the past six years or so, you have probably come across a high stakes poker tournament or two as you navigate through the channels. If you’re like me you say to yourself, “I can do that.” But, then, if you are like me, you can’t. If you have ever wondered how perfectly normal-looking players reach celebrity television-status you need not have looked further than the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage last weekend as it hosted a boot camp produced by the World Poker Tour. The WPT Boot Camps are generally two-day training Capri Cleaning Take a Vacation from Cleaning! Honest and Affordable Home and Office Cleaning Natasha Avila: 760-409-2891 4 DesertSTAR sessions focused on teaching players the strategies needed to win at No-Limit Hold ‘em tournaments. Some of these sessions are for novices, while others are equivalent to learning the game of poker at a post-graduate level. And, like sending your children away for the summer, each camp is expensive, costing several thousands of dollars. Of course, the boot camps are held in casinos so there are always more traditional ways to try to cover your camp entry fees. Now, if only I could remember if a full house beats a flush. INDIO POWWOW It’s not often we get to go back in time for even a short period, much less a backwardlooking journey spanning nearly four centuries. However, what could be more appropriate this November than a colorful gathering of Native Americans, and the rest of us, to reprise some of the color and goodwill of the first thanksgiving festival when the Wampanoag Indians joined their pilgrim neighbors to celebrate the pilgrims’ first successful harvest in the New Land? Historically, Native North American tribes have come together annually to trade, socialize and honor feats of bravery and achievement. These gatherings, called Powwows, take place throughout the year, but the Fall gatherings are particularly well-attended, especially when they celebrated a successful harvest; bringing people together to feast, dance, sing and hold ceremonies. This year, the 31st annual Indio Powwow, to be held Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23-25, at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center, will bring thousands October 18, 2012 of tribal and non-tribal people together for a celebration of culture and customs. Visitors to the Indio Powwow will have an opportunity to taste Native American food such as Indian fry bread and shop among vendors for jewelry, weavings and other types of Native American Indian art. Highlights of the event include Bird Singers and the colorful Grand Entry, when all the dancers form a procession winding around the arena. The Indio Powwow is a rich part of the culture of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and, as with the first thanksgiving gathering in 1621, everyone is invited and admission is free. The powwow opens on Friday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m., with the not-to-be-missed Grand Entry scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, the festivities start at 11 a.m. with the Grand Entry scheduled for 1 p.m. and at 8 p.m. Sunday the powwow gets underway at 11:00 a.m., with the Grand Entry at 1 p.m. Palm Springs Oktoberfest Big Success Palm Springs held its first annual Oktoberfest on the corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and Palm Canyon Drive on Saturday, Oct. 13. The event was adjacent to the Marilyn Monroe statue and near downtown Palm Springs businesses. More than 40 beer, wine and food tastings booths operated from noon to 6 p.m. Cougarazz Rock an all girl Band and Bavarian Stew German band entertained the crowd. Entrance fee included a free tasting and souvenier glass. The event benefitted CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates ), the Jim and Janet Cook in costume Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and Les Dames d,Escoffier for female chefs scholarships. Steve Nicolossi and Matt Green www.desertstarweekly.com TravelSTAR Venice To Alaska Getting To Trans-Atlantic away Cruises Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy For centuries, Venice has been one of the most romantic cities in Europe. This is particularly true in the autumn, when humidity has disappeared, the soft glow of ancient lamps are turned on earlier in the afternoons and the large number of tourists, with accompanying tourist-season prices have ebbed. Although it’s famous for its canals, Venice is a city that begs to be seen by foot, with many parts of the city accessible using the many bridges that connect Venetian neighborhoods. A good place to start your exploration of the city is at the not-to-be-missed Basilica di San Marco. This amazing cathedral will take your breath away with a plethora of carefully crafted angels welcoming you through its doors. Built in the 11th century, this church was a true melting pot of Venetian culture, with Italian, Greek and even Egyptian features decorating its walls, as well as an awe-inspiring gold ceiling. Just over the river to the south of the Basilica lies the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, home to the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a accumulation of more than 200 avant-garde pieces of art from across the world. Precious Picassos hang side-by-side with surreal works by Salvador Dali, while local art is found in the center of the building, alongside more ornate pieces in the sculpture garden. Of course, no visit to Venice would be complete without a visit to Piazza San Marco. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to this most-recognizable Piazza each year, feeding the thousands of pigeons that populate the square or sampling Venetian cooking in the many alfresco restaurants and cafes that are lined up along one side of the Piazza. The Piazza San Marco is also the best peoplewatching spot in Venice, but beware if you are there during the evening: the Piazza San Marco is one of the first places in the city to become submerged in water come the daily high tides. Alaska Airlines Salmon PLANE Weighing in at 91,000 pounds and stretching nearly 129 feet, it’s the world’s largest salmon, and Alaska Airlines - which serves Palm Springs www.desertstarweekly.com International Airport - has By Sherman Fridman landed it. The ‘salmon’ is a fishthemed Boeing 737-800, and it claims the record Gentlemen Ambassador Hosts serve as for being the most intricately painted commercial dancing, dining and conversation partners aircraft in the world. for solo women during their cruise. Hosts Dubbed “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II,” the are also available to accompany women on aircraft’s design is nearly identical to an earlier the dance floor whose companions might version of the paint scheme that Alaska Airlines not be dancers. These hosting services are unveiled on a 737-400 in 2005, which was re- complimentary, as are all musical theme painted with the carrier’s traditional Eskimo livery activities, including daily into and advanced last year. dance classes teaching everything from In addition to sporting the glimmering image of classical ballroom to Latin favorites and a wild Alaska king salmon like the original “Salmon- swing. thirty-Salmon,” the new design is about nine feet Normally, Crystal Cruises provides four longer and also features fish scales on the winglets gentlemen, per ship, per cruise segment. and “Alaska” painted in salmon-pink script across However, Crystal has tripled the number the fuselage. of its Hosts for the Crystal Serenity’s March The design, which was produced in partnership 31, 2013, “Big Band and Ballroom Dance” with an Alaska seafood trade association, required trans-Atlantic cruise. four gallons of Mylar paint to create an iridescent Not only are the multiple days at sea of DESERT STAR WEEKLY Subscribe Now to your community newspaper serving desert cities and beyond. $25 for one year subscription mailed to your home SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER! __________________________ FIRST NAME LAST NAME __________________________ STREET ADDRESS __________________________ CITY STATE ZIP Payment method Check Alaska Airlines 737-800 Salmon Plane sparkle over the aircraft’s nearly 3,500 fish scales, thereby making the painting three dimensional. A crew of eight worked for 27 days painting more than 90 percent of the aircraft’s fuselage with 21 different colors to create a lifelike-looking king salmon. We don’t know if Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II will be routed through Palm Springs. If so, better not leave it parked out in the sun …the odor may even exceed that of the Salton Sea. a trans-Atlantic cruise conducive to a lot of day and evening dancing, there will also be dancing at a variety of locations aboard ship, with multiple orchestras providing the live music, including the legendary 17-pieceplus, Glenn Miller Orchestra. Gentlemen, I know what you’re thinking: Are there Ambassador Hostesses? If there are, no one is talking. Crystal Cruises Gentlemen Ambassador Hosts We have all seen those classic black-and-while motion pictures about romance on the high seas; it seems as if all you need is a man and a woman, a full moon, calm seas and love is sure to follow. One not so well-kept secret is that on the more intimate, luxury cruise ships there are certain single men of a mature age designated to act as hosts for unaccompanied or lonely ladies – either the whole voyage or for just a specific activity. Take Crystal Cruises as an example. Crystal’s October 18, 2012 Credit Card __________________________ Credit Card # __________________________ Expiration Security Code CLIP and MAIL or FAX to: Desert Star Weekly 66538 Eighth Street Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760.671.6604 Office 760.671.6730 FAX DESERT STAR WEEKLY Crystal Cruise DesertSTAR 5 STARTheater “Old Goats” at The Camelot CV Repertory Written and Directed by Taylor Guterson isn’t a documentary - but it is a blend of truth and fiction. I devised a story to fit the personalities of Bob, Britt and Dave. It’s basically these three men behaving as themselves in imaginary circumstances. Old Goats was essentially shot with a two-person crew: myself as director PALM SPRINGS, CA - “Old Goats” is the often hilarious and always heartfelt story of three older men who refuse to go quietly into the night of retirement and old age. Cantankerous and set in their ways, each man must come to terms with the sunset years in his own unique fashion. Shot in and around Seattle, Old Goats finds humor in the everyday foibles of retirement life, providing a refreshing perspective on the golden years through the eyes of three men who don’t feel (or act) anywhere close to as old as they look. Bob, Britt and Dave of “Old Goats” I’d met the three leads of “Old Goats” independent and cinematographer, and my business of one another and I knew I wanted to partner, Jonathan Boyer, as everything else. cast them in a project. Each had a distinct, We shot for 54 days over a seven month inherently interesting personality, and I period. The schedule was very much knew if I could capture them on film dictated by our budget, or lack thereof. essentially being themselves, they could We had to take a lot of breaks between keep an audience engaged and carry the shooting days to get our resources together movie. In this case, life imitated art in an for upcoming segments. And this is an extremely beneficial way. All three of example of how working with Bob, Britt the leads were retired, had a lot of spare and Dave, all being retirees, was a huge time, and were looking for something to advantage. They had few, if any, competing do - much like their on-screen alter egos. commitments. When the elements for a They immediately took to the project and given segment fell into place, and we were really threw themselves into it. Despite ready to shoot, they could be available the realism of the performances, the film at almost a moment’s notice. It gave us BARRY H. MAYRON, D.D.S. & ASSOCIATES GENERAL DENTISTRY NEW CLEANING/EXAM/X-RAYS PATIENT SPECIAL $99.00 Offer Expires 12/31/12 (760)329-2227 11400 Palm Drive 6 Desert Hot Springs DesertSTAR tremendous flexibility and was a major reason we were able to complete the entire film for under five thousand dollars. While we were shooting, I repeatedly warned everyone involved that it was very possible we would end up being the only audience “Old Goats” ever had. And I was serious. So the positive reaction the film has received is extremely gratifying. I do find it interesting that the humor is what comes across most strongly, while the darker aspects receive less notice. The main reason for that is obvious: Bob, Britt and Dave are hilarious. I also wonder if there’s another dynamic at work, and audiences are reacting to the film the way most of us react to life: we laugh as a way to keep the hard realities - including those associated with aging - at a distance. Taylor Guterson (son of Novelist David Guterson - Snow Falling on Cedars) grew up in the Pacific Northwest on Bainbridge Island, WA. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2004 with a bachelor degree in arts and cinema studies. Taylor started his career with a difficult stretch of landscaping and production assistant gigs, before landing a full time position with an internal corporate studio in Seattle. He is currently a principal at Elliott Bay Productions, a video and events production company, where he produces and directs corporate and nonprofit videos. Taylor makes his home in Issaquah, WA with his wife Elizabeth. Old Goats is his first feature film. October 18, 2012 Theatre 2012-2013 Conservatory Classes RANCHO MIRAGE, CA Conveniently nestled within the theatre confines, the CV Rep Conservatory offers a unique educational opportunity for teens and adults to train in the performing arts (acting, voice, and writing) mentored by seasoned professionals. “These classes foster new artistic outlets for the community and its creativity, allowing for professional and fledgling actors and writers to grow in comfort and confidence as they present their work,” said Ron Celona, artistic director. Three classes currently being taught by veteran actor, director and playwright Andy Harmon, include Introduction to Improv, Advanced Acting & Improv and a Writers Group. Introduction to Improv: Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Monday nights 6:30 – 9 p.m., $120. Laugh, learn to relax and enjoy yourself on stage. Let go and trust your spontaneity. Free your creativity and think on your feet. Advanced Acting and Improv - Play’s The Thing - Tuesday nights 6:30 – 9 p.m., $240 for eight sessions. Many actors feel that performance is merely a question of repeating and honing what they’ve worked out in rehearsal. Nothing could be further than the truth. Just because you are speaking words that you’ve memorized, it doesn’t mean you’re trapped in decisions you made weeks ago. Exciting performances come from what’s happening right now creating, in the present, the living world of the play - effectively improvised within the boundaries of the text and the given circumstances of the play. If you want your work on stage to become more lively and your acting to become more fun, confident and playful, this is a course for you. We will use scenes and speeches from the great writers, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Miller and others as playing fields on which to discover acting as a game played in the here and now. ‘Writing for Performance’ is $20 per class session or all eight sessions at $160: Sessions will be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 2 - 5 p.m. Oct. 27; Nov. 10 and 24; Dec. 8 and 15 or 22: Hands on workshop for writers at any level. Participating writers read out loud from their own works written to be performed or read out loud. Get feedback from other writers. Learn the trade secrets of performers; the fundamentals of storytelling, dramatic structure and how dramatic scenes work within a narrative. It’s an open ended, drop in “per session,” pay as you go, group, not a class per se. “When they are engrossed, you can hear a pin drop: the tilt of their heads, their posture in their seats, even the pace of their breathing – all speak eloquently. Writers who understand this language have a real advantage and can learn a great deal about how to improve their work. That’s the premise of this group.“ CV Repertory Theatre is located at the Atrium, 69-930 Highway 111, Suite 116. The Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre is an educational and dramatic theater organization that presents innovative productions and children’s outreach programs designed to enrich the quality of life for Coachella Valley residents and visitors. www.desertstarweekly.com TheaterSTAR “This Is The ‘60s” Multimedia Stage Event PALM DESERT, CA – The 20th century’s most compelling decade will come roaring back to life for one exciting performance on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the McCallum Theatre. “This is the ‘60s” is a unique multimedia blend of live music, historical film clips, dance, fashion, and animation. More than a stage show, and much more than a concert. “This is the ‘60s” takes the audience on a cultural journey celebrating the 50th anniversary of so many milestones in news, pop culture and music history. From the early days of the space program, through the hysteria of Beatlemania, into the darkness of the Vietnam War, and the shining optimism of the Woodstock era, “This is the ‘60s” merges that entire turbulent decade into a cohesive and enthralling stage production. Featuring 35 songs that united an entire generation, “This is the ‘60s” features the music of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Monkees, The Mamas & Papas, The Fifth Dimension, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Three Dog Night, Jefferson Airplane and many more. Performed live with no prerecorded samples, the two hour-plus show features the skill and versatility of seven seasoned performers whose note-for-note recreations of classic songs promises to keep audiences captivated. This unique show is the brainchild of producer/ director Jim Duffy, a veteran documentary filmmaker, author and musician who has created programming for Discovery Network and other national media outlets. “I combined the two elements I love most: music and storytelling,” said Duffy. “‘This is the ‘60s’ takes the audience on a journey—one that’s designed to entertain, educate and stimulate.” Interspersed with the music and dance are vintage film clips featuring major news events, pop culture fads and period TV commercials that carry the audience back to the ‘60s. While many of the clips bring laughter and reminiscence, others are more poignant, such as the muffled drum cadence of President Kennedy’s funeral procession and the escalating war in Vietnam. The film clips bring new depth and understanding to songs like Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and Dion’s “Abraham, Martin & John.” McCallum Theatre presents “This is the ‘60s” on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55, $45, $35 and $25 and are available online at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at 760 340-2787. McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert CV Repertory Theatre New York Cabaret Star Makes Desert Appearance Oct. 21 New York City cabaret singer Craig Pomranz 2012-2013 Production Season RANCHO MIRAGE, CA One of the newest and brightest stars on the desert landscape, The Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre, opens its 2012-2013 production season with three innovative, unique and cultural plays, and their continued promise to excite, enhance and enrich your theatre going experience. Oct. 24 is opening night with the play “Collected Stories,” written by Donald Marguiles. This show runs through Nov. 11. “Six Dance Lessons,” by Richard Alfieri opens on Wednesday, Jan. 23, running through Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. “The Sunset www.desertstarweekly.com Limited,” authored by Cormac McCarthy, was presented in 2011 as an HBO special with Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, and opens on the CV Rep stage, on Wednesday, Mar. 27 through Sunday, Apr. 8. All performances will take place at the CV Rep Theatre in The Atrium on Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage. Ticket prices are $40 or can be purchased as a special Season Subscription price for the three new shows of $112.50. For more information about tickets, times and reservations, call 760-296-2966 or go to their website at www.cvrep.org. PALM DESERT, CA - New York City cabaret singer Craig Pomranz will take the stage at Arthur Newman Theatre in The Joslyn Center on Sunday, Oct. 21, as part of the Summer Cabaret Series featuring entertainment presented by producer and promoter Les Michaels. Named Best Male Singer 2012 with a New York MAC Award, Pomranz is a regular cabaret staple in New York City clubs as well as the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago area and most recently London. His latest show is entitled “Love And The Cities,” which will highlight great American standards about cities, which there have been many. Joining him on the baby grand piano will be musical director Stephen Bocchino. The Sunday, Oct. 21 matinee performance will begin at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10, cash only at the door. The Arthur Newman Theatre is located in The Joslyn Center at 73-750 Catalina Way in Palm Desert, CA. Call 760-325-2731 for show information. CENTRAL PRINTER RESOURCES WE SERVICE & REPAIR PRINTERS - COPIERS - FAXES - NEW OR OUTDATED HEWLETT PACKARD • BROTHER • CANON • DELL • EPSON • KONICA/MINOLTA LEXMARK • PANASONIC • SAMSUNG • SHARP • XEROX LOW PRICES HOME OR BUSINESS FRIENDLY SERVICE PALM SPRINGS October 18, 2012 4599 Ramon Road FULL MOBILE SERVICE 760.778.4444 DesertSTAR 7 STARBusiness American Credit Bureaus Directly Responsible For Finance Stalling The Economy Money, Business & By Frances Allen I’m guessing the use of credit has been around since the wooly mammoth. Credit has been a useful tool in a large number of ways for a long, long time. Most everyone knows there are three main credit reporting agencies in the United States - Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Each agency lists your FICO score. “FICO” is an acronym for Fair Isaac Corporation, a California company responsible for developing the system that bases your score on a secretive algorithm. An algorithm is a procedure that produces an answer to a question in a finite number of steps. Algorithms are used in computers through mathematical formulas and instructions. So for anyone who wants to crack the credit scoring code thinking you can improve your credit score, just know you are facing an uphill climb. And that’s my rub on today’s big three credit reporting companies. Good people’s lives have been financially ruined in some cases because of a mysterious computational formula called a credit score. I know a lot of people. My rolodex contains thousands of names and phone numbers of folks I’ve done business with through the years. And I can tell you not a single person in my life ever woke up one morning and said, “I don’t think I’m gonna pay my bills anymore.” Nobody I’ve ever met has ever wanted to ignore their financial obligations. Unforeseen negative circumstances in life 99.9 percent of the time are what cause a person to miss a payment, not a decision on their part to just ignore a creditor. According to an Experian 8 report in June of 2012, approximately 65 million (around 40 percent) of Americans have little or no credit, and approximately 45 million more have what is termed “bad” credit. Using the word “bad” to describe a person applies to someone in prison or on death row. To attach the word bad to someone’s good name because they are struggling to make timely payments, and then a credit equation puts them in a high risk category with a low FICO score, well, that just flat burns me up. Back in the mid 19th century, those who were unable to pay their debts were put in debtor’s prisons. In the Roman republic around 300 BC, a person could pledge their own body as collateral for a loan. If they failed to pay, they became a slave to the lender. In my view, the arcane credit reporting systems we have today are equivalent to virtual debtor’s prisons forcing people into virtual debt bondage. There seems to be something terribly unjust about a thief who steals a $150,000 Mercedes and gets three years in jail, compared to a citizen who has no choice but to file bankruptcy on $20,000 of debt which then remains on their credit report for 10 years. That is just messed up. Judgments can remain on a person’s credit report for seven years, and a single 30 day late payment can reflect on your credit history for 24 months or longer. This method of “credit punishment” puts a spotlight on anyone who applies for credit and makes the resulting low credit score scream “Danger! Danger Will Robinson! Don’t give this DesertSTAR person credit.” In many Asian countries, the credit reporting systems are geared toward keeping people in a positive credit environment. Bankruptcies economy in the world behind only the United States and China. The country’s financial success is directly related to Japan’s focus on keeping all its citizens in good standing Pass a law that mandates any credit reporting agency that wants to keep a file on a California resident adopt the Asian credit model of five year, two year, and six months. are reported for five years, judgments for two, and 30 day delinquencies for six months. Consequently, a country like Japan which has 140 million people living in an area the size of California has become the third largest in the credit market and not creating a “prime” and “sub prime” group of Japanese individuals. Here’s what the California legislature needs to do to supercharge the golden state economy. Pass a law that October 18, 2012 By Reno Fontana mandates any credit reporting agency that wants to keep a file on a California resident adopt the Asian credit model of five year, two year, and six months. Get this law on the books, and here is what happens next. People will begin moving to California by the millions. New businesses will be established creating millions of new jobs. Every conceivable industry will see a 200 percent increase in year over year revenues. Housing prices will increase 100 percent in 12 months and not because there would be an artificial inflationary housing bubble, but because the demand for housing would be so great that home inventory would fall to one percent. Property, state income, and sales taxes would bring California out of debt in three years and then create a $7.5 billion surplus in the fourth year. And every conceivable benefit one could possibly imagine would come our way and truly make California the “golden state” once more. I challenge any Ph.D. Economist to tell me I’m wrong. Bring five million new residents to California, factor in an additional 14 million Californians who already live here, reset the credit clock for all of them, and the power of a new financial engine would create the world’s fourth largest economy within California’s borders by 2020. New cars, chain stores, mom and pop businesses and every conceivable aspect of California would be touched upon in an extraordinary positive way. Will “experts” in the credit reporting business find flaws in my vision? Of course they will. It’s what negative thinking people do. Remember Columbus? History tells us his detractors said he was a nutty bird. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think the sailor had the last laugh. I could easily write a 200,000 word dissertation on the subject of how the three credit bureaus are killing American’s economic comeback. Credit reports are outdated and outmoded as they are currently designed. The three bureaus, with their fancy applications and formulas used to describe an individual’s pay history, are superannuated and too old to be useful in their current format. If Cavey Crockett, the wooly mammoth hunter were around today, something tells me he’d spear mainframe credit computer for being just too Stone Age in those “sophisticated” computations. I for one would not disagree. To contact the author of this story e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.desertstarweekly.com 50 PLUSSTAR What Could You Do Right Now To Become Happier? This week I read a book titled “Be Happy” and learned about an eight week Course in Happiness that has been featured on Oprah’s television show as well as two major television documentaries. Here are some valuable summarizing sentences about the Happiness Course from this book that were written by Dr. Robert Holden, director of the sponsoring Happiness Project. “In one social study, it was found that participants who could list five or more close friends were significantly happier than those who could not. (Therefore) in the Happiness Course I invite you to make a list of the first five people who come to mind. I then encourage you to reflect on the quality of your connection with them. Which of these people would you like to connect more with? Whom could you be listening more to? Whom could you acknowledge more? Reaching out beyond your busyness, your independence and your defenses will make you happier. Happiness is in the connections we make.” “The ‘Me Generation’ is giving way to a new ‘We Generation’ in which more of us are making more time for connection and friendship. New online social utilities like Facebook, Friends Reunited and Flickr help us to keep up with family and friends and share in each other’s lives. Through global technology we can think together, offer each other support and connect across vast distances that once appeared to separate us.” “In a recent survey, more than 60 percent of adults claimed that their relationships were more important to them than career or money. And yet our most important relationships usually have to compete with our permanent busyness and the busyness often wins. As a result, we are less happy. This is particularly true for men.” “Question: How could you, starting today, make all of your relationships sweeter and more loving? Identify one, two or three practical ways you could enjoy greater relationship happiness and success. “Think about how you are being. Remember your intentions. Think about what you really want and then be what you want. In other words, if you want more love in your relationships, be more loving. If you want richer, deeper communication, be more open and more honest. Do you want to be happy or in control? Do you want to be happy or safe? Do you want to be happy or defended? Do you want to be happy or do you want to hold on to your favorite complaint about relationships? To be happy, you have to be the goal that you most want to experience. “Think about what you are giving. The joy of commitment is that the more you give of yourself in a relationship, the better the relationship becomes. True giving is not sacrificing. On the contrary, when you decide to give of yourself in a relationship, you discover more about what you really have to offer. Through giving you become more fully engaged. Through giving yu find yourself. Through giving you grow and evolve. When you commit to giving a relationship more of your best attention and energy, it www.desertstarweekly.com instantly feels more attractive and rewarding. “Think about what you are receiving. Sometimes the reason a relationship wobbles is because you do not give it every opportunity to thrive and prosper. Perhaps you are too busy, too tired, too scared, too independent or too cynical for your own good. Relationships become more attractive and more wonderful when you let people in, when you open up and when you let yourself receive. So do you want to be happy or independent? Do you want to be happy or superior? Do you want to be happy or proud? The more you let yourself receive, the more gifts you will find in all your relationships.” “The central principle of my work with The Happiness Project is called the Self Principle. This principle states that the quality of your relationship with yourself determines the quality of your relationship with everyone and everything. Who you think you are and what you think you deserve is what creates the happy or unhappy dynamics you experience in your relationships with family, friends, colleagues, God, the taxman and everyone else in the world. Your relationship to yourself is the key to how you connect with others – or not.” We will learn more about this Course in Happiness and how it can contribute to living longer at this Thursday’s class at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. At this class I will also speak about accomplishing goals as well as review and practice the Tibetan Fountain of Youth Rituals. This class takes place every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, 59700 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, California. There will be a sign on the bulletin board giving directions to the Meditation Building where this class is held. A donation of $5 is requested but this is not required. Art Kunkin is the 84year young journalist who founded the alternative weekly newspaper, the Los Angeles Free Press in 1964 and later became president of the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles after the passing of PRS founder Manly Palmer October 18, 2012 Living LONGER By Art Kunkin - Mr Life Extension Hall. A free download of a magazine cover story interview with Art about his research into stopping aging is now available at www.alchemyrevealed. com. Art’s eBook, “Life Extension Alchemy: The Secret of Immortality Finally Revealed,” is also available at a reduced sale price of $9 at that website. Art is planning a Free Press Reunion in January 2013 and would like former Free press readers, staff and all others interested in the American counter-culture and life extension to contact him by email at artkunkin@ gmail.com. Copyright 2012 by Art Kunkin, all rights reserved. DesertSTAR 9 STARCalendar DANCERS TO DISNEYLAND Desert Hot Springs - “On Your Feet” is hosting a Goodwill Donation Drive on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kmart parking lot to help fund a trip to dance at Disneyland in 2013. Bring your unwanted furniture, appliances, clothing and any other useable goods. You will receive a 30 percent off coupon to Zapopan for your donation. “On Your Feet” dance productions has been teaching dance for 15 years at most of the schools in Desert Hot Springs with classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop and Contemporary. They even have classes for two and four year old dancers. For more information call Miss Cat at 760-3330882. HISTORICAL SOCIETY SOUP SUPPER Desert Hot Springs – The Historical Society Soup Supper will be held on Thursday Oct.25 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Miracle Springs Resort located at 10625 Palm Drive. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non members. The charge covers a buffet which will include soup, salad, bread and desserts. Owners and renovators of the Hotel Lautner, Tracy Beckman and Ryan Townbridge, will present a program on their four year renovation of John Lautner’s mid-century hotel. Hotel Lauther is located at 67710 San Antonio St. in DHS. MONTE CARLO CASINO NIGHT Desert Hot Springs – The Elks Lodge is hosting its fourth annual Monte Carlo Casino Night on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Elks Lodge located at 64680 Pierson Blvd. The event is open to the public and donations of $45 is requested by Nov. 14. After that a donation of $55 will be asked at the door. Your entry fee includes food prepared by Elks Lodge ladies and $200 in gaming chips. Entertainment will be provided by Rebecca Clark, formerly of Legends in Las Vegas. There will be professional dealers at 12 gaming tables and stations. Proceeds from the event to fund youth 10 activities north of the I-10 freeway. For more information, call 760-671-4521 or 760-329-6444. SOLUTIONS TO BONE HEALTH Desert Hot Springs - The public is invited to “Proven Solutions to Bone Health,” presented by Dr. Kenneth C. Howayeck D.P.M. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 5:30 -7 p.m. at the Dog Spa Resort & Wellness Center located at 67840 Hacienda Ave in Desert Hot Springs. Author of “Bone Health Made Easy” and “My Foot Is Killing Me,” Dr. Howayeck is a Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon with 22 years in private podiatry practice. “Women can lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass in the first five to seven years after menopause. Bone scans available at this event for only $20. Hosted by Paula Terifaj, call or email 714.335.3090, WellnessHome123@gmail. com. Seating is limited. Find out why bone loss is not part of normal aging. How bone is formed and the mechanism that increases calcium absorption. What causes bone loss and joint problems like arthritis. Drug-free solutions for bone replenishment and improved joint function. GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY Desert Hot Springs – The Palm Springs Unified School District will hold a Groundbreaking Ceremony for Elementary School #18 at 65750 Avenida Jalisco on Friday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. The public is invited to this free event Board of Education heads Justin Blake, Richard Clapp, Karen Cornett, Gary Jeandron and Shari Stewart will be on hand. Superintendent of Schools Christine J. Anderson will officiate the ceremony. CAT CITY STREET FESTIVAL Cathedral City - The Perez Road Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free street festival featuring more than100 vendors including many local businesses and organizations including the Then and Now Auto DesertSTAR Showcases, pet paradise area including pet adoptions and live entertainment at the main stage all day. A beer garden, family fun zone and a dance floor for cha cha, conga, and twist contests including charity drawings for great prizes. The event benefits Save-A-Pet, Animal Samaritans and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Parties interested in vending opportunities must apply by Oct. 30. For registration information visit PerezRoad.com or call Astonish Events 760-406-1414. DOMINIC BALLI Cathedral City – Come to the The Bridge at Calvary Chapel on 32611 Date Palm Drive, Saturday Nov. 3 for the music of Dominic Balli and the American Dream starting at 7:30 p.m. Kids under five free and a small cover charge for adults. OPEN MIC Palm Springs - Les Michaels and Joel Baker host the Cabaret Open Mic nights every Wednesday night at the Rock Garden Bar and Eatery starting at 7:30 – 10 p.m. Cabaret Open Mic offers a variety of music genres from Broadway, Jazz, Opera, Country and The Great American Songbook. An average night draws 10 to 20 singers, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Joel Baker accompanies on piano. Sign up is 7 p.m. GARDEN PARTY Palm Springs – The 13th Annual Human Rights Campaign Palm Springs Garden Party will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 3 - 6 p.m., at HRC Federal Club member’s Eric Ellen Bogen’s ‘Abernathy House.’ Tickets are $50 for Federal Club members and $75 for nonmembers, which includes hors d’oeuvres and hosted bar. To purchase tickets, go to www. hrc.org/psgardenparty. The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. For information contact Raymond Manci at 760-864-1494. TENNIS BENEFIT Calendar parade steps off with the Camp Pendleton Marine Band and 29 Palms Color Guard. Title Sponsors are the City of Palm Desert, Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce, 2012 Parade Presented by: The Auen Foundation Honorary Guest: Mr. Dick Heckmann. VIP Seats are sponsored by Eisenhower Medical Center. For more information go to www.golfcartparade.com. & Events Compiled By Jorge Romero III Palm Springs - AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) has been selected by the Desert Tennis Association to benefit from the 2012 Palm Springs Open 19 Tennis Tournament. The tournament takes place Friday to Sunday, Nov. 23 - 25 at the following host sites: Mission Hills Country Club, Plaza Racquet Club, and Rancho Las Palmas Resort. The event is free to the public and a portion of the proceeds from the silent auction and dinner will benefit AAP. For match times and other tournament information, please visit www.deserttennis.us. If you would like to donate to this event, please call 760-3258481. 5k-10k RUN/WALK Palm Springs - A non-profit club for lesbians, gay men, their families and friends, Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers is hosting a 10K Run, 5K Run, and 5K Walk on Saturday. Nov. 3 at 8 a.m. The course is flat and fast. Raffle prizes and refreshments served after the race. Race day registration starts at 6 a.m. at the Palm Springs High School athletic stadium located on Baristo Road and Farrell Way. Online registration at www. active.com and information and mail-in registration at www. psfr.org. $25 entry for 5K Run and 5K Walk, $30 entry for 10K Run. Discounted entry is available for students and current members of Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers. Contact Phil Catalli or Lee Walton at 760-320-7858. PETS ON HALLOWEEN Countywide - Halloween Pets Shine -No matter what costume you choose, your pet is sure to look their best. Pet October 18, 2012 parents can show off their frighteningly adorable pets in costume at PetSmart’s annual Howl-O-Ween pet parade on Oct. 20 at your local store or online via the Monster Cute Photo Contest Powered by GREENIES. Submit your pet’s Monster Cute photo at www. facebook.com/PetSmart through Oct. 21 for a chance to win the grand prize, which is valued at more than $10,000. For more tips on pet safety as well as Halloween costumes and events, visit your local PetSmart or www.PetSmart. com. FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS DESERT WOMAN’S EXPO Rancho Mirage - The City of Rancho Mirage is welcoming the upcoming 5th Annual Desert Woman’s Show to the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Nov. 17 - 18. The weekendlong Expo is expected to draw more than 5,000 attendees and will shine the spotlight on women’s issues while focusing on improvement and enlightenment in every aspect of life. The 5th Annual 2012 Woman’s Show will be open all weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 - 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Carissa Marlo, Marlo Productions, Inc., at (760) 285-3903, buy tickets and more online at www. DesertWomansShow. com 48TH ANNUAL PALM DESERT GOLF CART PARADE Palm Desert - Deadline for the Golf Cart Parade entries has been extended to Oct. 19. “VIP Main Street Seats” are almost sold out at $25 per person with a boxed lunch and reserved seat. The Parade will be held Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. on El Paseo with the “American Pride” Theme. The Palm Desert - Several notable musicians and local artist Steve Hill will come together on Oct. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. for an evening under the stars for the 1st Annual Festival of Arts fundraiser for Christopher’s Clubhouse being held at the Bermuda Dunes home of Robert and Teena Enriquez. There is no charge to attend the event; however, donations will be accepted. All proceeds benefit the programs of Christopher’s Clubhouse that teach children and families how to be safe in all aspects of their lives and prevent crimes against them. For address and directions to the event, send an email to email@example.com or call 760-989-2182. FREE NATURE WALKS La Quinta - The City of La Quinta and the Stewards of the Fred Wolff Nature Preserve offer this free program to anyone interested in learning about the Preserve. Walks begin at the shade shelter on the Bear Creek Nature Trail at the corner of Calle Ensenada and Avenida Montezuma in the La Quinta Cove. Adult Walk Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 a.m. ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR La Quinta - Desert Regional Medical Center will be providing free flu immunizations for seniors. No appointments necessary. Various information booths and free health screenings will be available. For more information call (760) 564-0096. Immunizations will be given at the La Quinta Senior Center Thursday, Oct 25 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. www.desertstarweekly.com Palate PleasersSTAR Fantasy Springs Casino Culinary Team Competes For Sweet Spot On Dessert Menu Cupcake Challenge INDIO, CA – You may recognize her as the winner of the Cupcake Wars, the Walk of Fame episode on the Food Network or as the proprietor of four deliciously darling and chic Southern California cupcake stores. On Sunday, Nov. 18 get ready to meet this cupcake entrepreneur in person. Casey Reinhardt, founder of Parisian café with a glamorous Hollywood twist. The fun, happy, bright and vibrant ambience reflects Reinhardt’s personality. You can visit Reinhardt’s Cupcakes at the Historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, the Woodbury Town Center in Irvine and soon at of wine, champagne and international coffee. Admission to the Fantasy Cupcake Challenge is $30 for adults $10 for children. If you bring three canned/nonperishable goods to the box office the day of the event, you will receive $5 off admission. We are accepting entries for the amateur category online. For tickets, details and entry form, log on to www. FantasySpringsResort.com/ Cupcake. INDIO, CA – From brioche layers with peanut butter, chocolate and jelly to Italian doughnuts filled with orange marmalade and chocolate, the dessert competition at Fantasy Springs was more mouth watering than fierce. Last week dozens of chefs from the resort whipped up their best dessert to compete for a sweet spot on the menu at Bistro restaurant. This is the second time the resort has held a little friendly inter-kitchen competition. In July chefs put their own creative spins on a traditional steakhouse staple, the Wedge Salad. These challenges, geared towards team building, are open to all culinary employees at the casino from the Executive Sous Chef, to line cooks in any of the eight restaurants. This time, 18 employees submitted their desserts which were judged on presentation and taste by members of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians. First place went to Richard Montez, a cook in the main kitchen who made a Belgian waffle ice cream stack. Second place was awarded to the resort’s pastry chef Martin Rendon, who made a chocolate oasis cake with black currant syrup and almond tuile. Irma Morales, a prep cook from the main kitchen, took third place with her Choco Flan, smothered in fresh strawberries and chocolate caramel. Because the top three desserts were all deliciously different, it was decided that all three will be added to the menu in both Bistro and POM restaurants. For more information, call toll free 800.827.2946 or visit www. FantasySpringsResort.com Casey Reinhardt, founder of Reinhardt’s Cupcakes Reinhardt’s Cupcakes will put her professional cupcake taster to the test and sample dozens of entries submitted for the first ever, Fantasy Cupcake Challenge, a charity event benefitting Well in the Desert. In 2009, when Reinhardt was just a junior at Pepperdine University, she opened the first Reinhardt’s Cupcakes retail location at the Historic Mission Inn and Spa in Riverside, to share the freshly baked, highquality cupcakes she had learned to make from her great grandmother. Her cupcakes became nationally known in 2011 when Reinhardt won the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars with her four winning flavors: white chocolate cherry, white Russian, chili chocolate and lavender. Walk into any of the four Reinhardt’s Cupcakes locations and it’s truly an experience, a destination inspired by a classic the Irvine Spectrum Center. The Fantasy Cupcake Challenge includes 12 professional chefs and bakers from top local restaurants as well as a group of folks who just like to bake for fun. Each participant can create either a savory or sweet cupcake then the mouthwatering morsels will be judged and cash prizes handed out. The most delicious part, from 1 – 4 p.m., the Fantasy Cupcake Challenge is open to the public. Everyone will be able to browse the aisles of cupcakes and tantalize their taste buds with cupcake samples from all the participating bakers. The event also includes boutique vendors selling handmade items and unique gifts, baking demonstrations, a silent auction and live music. Also included with the ticket, is complementary tastings www.desertstarweekly.com October 18, 2012 DesertSTAR 11 STARCommunity Airplane Parade Through Downtown PS Photos and Story by Pat Krause Harrison Ford and AOPA President Craig Fuller PALM SPRINGS - The AOPA, Airplane Owners and Pilots Association, held a four-day conference in Palm Springs. A parade of planes started the event on Wednesday. Planes of all types taxied down the streets from the Palm Springs Airport to the Palm Springs Convention Center. There were many conferences, seminars, learning centers and a huge number of vendors at the Center. Vendors showing everything for an airplane and its pilots could be found plus a few personal type items like sunglasses and clothing. paintings and even a massage chair. There were lunches each day with speakers, A gala and evening parties every night. Daytime brought many speakers to the convention. Who Are These Guys? Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney is a local law firm comprised of attorneys that you probably grew up with or see at the local grocery store. Unlike attorneys from mega law firms based in Los Angeles that only claim to be “local” because they have opened a small satellite office in the Coachella Valley, SBEMP was founded here in the Valley by highly respected attorneys who grew up here, raised their families here, pay taxes here and are fiercely dedicated to serving the needs of their clients. The attorneys at SBEMP live in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Indio and La Quinta and are committed to supporting the communities within which they live and work. Despite a down economy, SBEMP has grown to become one of the largest and most sophisticated law firms in the entire Inland Empire. But you won’t find them in high-cost offices filled with inexperienced young associates, expensive artwork and china service. What you will find is an elite group of highly experienced and successful men and women, working closely with clients to provide cost-effective representation at the highest levels with the highest ethical standards. Could the attorneys at SBEMP practice in Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York? Sure, but why would they? The Coachella Valley is their home. They have closed billions of dollars in transactions; obtained some of the largest jury verdicts in the state; and assisted private and public clients during one of the most difficult financial downturns in U.S. history -- all from right here in the Coachella Valley Airplanes in front of the Convention Center Friday morning session had the head of the FAA, CEO of OAPA, VIPs and even actor Harrison Ford as speakers. They spoke to the audience about the many concerns of the pilots and the industry. They are excited about the new technology in the field naming the IPAD as a valuable tool in flying today. Other concerns included fuel reduction, unmanned planes, complexity of certification, new laws for older planes, small airports decline, fewer professional and younger pilots and a possible 8 percecent cut to the FAA in the near future. Maintaining safety is still a top priority to the FAA. Harrison Ford told of his love of flying and how it gave him a new lease on life at age 52. He expressed his concern that we are training more foreigners to fly than Americans and the shortage of pilots in the future. He mentioned his new movie coming out that he is very proud of which is based on the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson. Each speaker was very informative and awards were presented during seminars. SUNDAY & MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PARTY! $2 BUD DRAFTS $1 APPETIZERS Mini-dogs, 3 Taquitos, 3 Wings, Nachos *During the game only 6 TVs & 2 Big Screens Whether closing business deals, advising public agencies, or representing clients in high stakes litigation, SBEMP provides seasoned, practical advice to individuals, companies and public agencies who want more that just a “big city” brand name. Palm Springs www.sbemp.com 12 DesertSTAR October 18, 2012 www.desertstarweekly.com CommunitySTAR Paint El Paseo Pink Photos and Story by Pat Krause More than 1,000 people participated in the Paint El Paseo Pink Walk on Saturday Oct. 13 in Palm Desert. This is the Desert Cancer Foundationâ€™s 6th annual walk to raise funds for free breast cancer screenings. Walkers gathered at the Gardens on El Paseo to register, take a chance on raffle prizes from local businesses, and to meet other cancer survivors and families. Pattie Day Caruso, a breast cancer survivor, was the emcee. Many people brought their young children and dogs all dressed in pink for this occasion. Pink beads, balloons, ribbons Sunshine Cafe Patty Johnson, survivor and pink T-shirts were the color of choice for the day. Walkers started down El Paseo street in Palm Desert cheered on by the Shadow Hills cheerleaders from Indio. r e b o t c O CIALS SPe $ 8.95 Dinner in the Canyons Monday Photos and Story by Pat Krause PALM SPRINGS - The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum held its annual Dinner in the Canyons on Saturday Oct. 13 with a reception at their ancestral home in Andreas Canyon. Guests were greeted by Executive Director Michael Hammond, Chairwoman Mildred Browne and Chairman Jeff Grubbe. Guests strolled through a walkway of red lights against majestic natual boulders to a georgeious area for dinner party. Hammond recognized the generous sponsors for this event , then Browne told about how the museum makes a major difference in the education of people about the tribeâ€™s culture. Chairman Grubb e welcomed the guests to this magical place. A live auction Tuesday Pot Roast Pork Chops Wednesday New York Steak Sandwich Thursday Friday Chicken Marsala Seafood Catch of the Day All Dinner Specials served with Soup or Salad and Dinner Rolls Chuna McIntyre and the Nunamta Eskimo Singers and Dancers of Indian Jewelry was held took place for the museum programs. Entertainment was Exec. Dir. Michael Hammond, Chairwoman Mildred Browne and Chairman Jeff Grubbe www.desertstarweekly.com provided by Chuna McIntrye and the Nunamta Eskimo Singers and Dancers. All the costumes were hand-made or handed down from family members. McIntrye gave a short demonstration on the dances. No photographs could be taken as these dances are sacred to their tribe. Guests examined the costumes, furs and dolls from Alaska. McIntrye said nothing is ever wasted. The dances and language are taught in the schools so they will never be lost to the world. October 18, 2012 Enjoy Indoor & Outdoor Poolside Dining 760-329-6787 DESERT HOT SPRINGS SPA HOTEL 10805 Palm Drive Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 Visit dhsspa.com DesertSTAR 13 STARGetting Away Thirty-Eight Hours in The Land of the Midnight Sun By Lizett Bond “We do not suggest hiking in the woods, but we have equipped each of your cars with special bear spray,” said our intrepid trip advisor. “It’s pepper spray, so if you do need to use it, be sure you are not standing downwind.” My driving partner and I eye the big red can and joke nervously about poor aim, gauging wind and enraged bears. Our orientation meeting is taking place at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska. Our mission is to spend one entire day driving the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel along the Seward Highway, imparting our driving impressions to those in the lower 49. The German manufacturer is also providing a sort of Reader’s Digest condensed traveling guide for those with the Sourdough State on their “bucket list”. 14 Perceptions begin long before clambering behind the wheel of das Auto. While a one-day journey does not leave time to visit Glacier Bay National Park, weather conditions permitting, a seat on the right side of the plane offers a breathtaking overview of the 3.3 million acre national park. Once ensconced in that coveted spot, it is crucial to resist the temptation to strike up a conversation with your seatmate. Mine, an avid fisherman, regaled me with endless angling tales, and I finally put manners aside in exchange for glimpses of icebergs, cruise ships and the distinct sediment green of glacial fed water. Too soon, my airborne sightseeing is over with a descent into Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. A Po r s ch e representative, replete with DesertSTAR properly branded sign, whisks me into an awaiting Porsche Cayenne. Porsche has been at it for 10 days already, shooting photos and videos in preparation for two waves of journalists ready to put a pen to their comments regarding this new entry into the Porsche brand. At the ready is a fleet of 2013 Diesel Cayennes, which rolled off a barge at the Port of Anchorage, a German automotive invasion of sorts. Located at the head of the Cook Inlet, the port, largely undamaged by the 1964 Alaska earthquake, has become the busiest port in Alaska. Visitors can take advantage of oncea-month, free summer tours during those long daylight hours. Our destination, the Hotel Captain Cook, with three towers and 565 rooms, is easy to recognize upon entering the downtown area. The first of the three towers was built after the 1964 earthquake and the hotel now fills a city block. After check in and a short rest, I’m ready to schmooze with the best of them as I traverse the huge hotel lobby, making my way to dinner. Located on the top floor of Tower Three, the most outstanding feature of the The Crow’s Nest Restaurant are the breathtaking views of the Cook Inlet, downtown Anchorage and the Chugach Mountains. Dinner for me is Alaskan Halibut with braised wild mushrooms. The best I’ve ever tasted. The 10,000-bottle wine cellar left no one feeling neglected and I walked off dinner with a little stroll around the town. As the gateway to Alaska, downtown Anchorage has that port/working town feel and began as a railroad construction camp on the banks of Ship Creek in the early 1900’s. A short walk from the hotel is the state’s largest museum, the Anchorage Museum, with a 15,000 gallery devoted to Alaskan history. But tomorrow is a big driving day and my pillow beckons… The Seward Highway traverses 127 miles south across the Kenai Peninsula ending in the town of Seward on Resurrection Bay. Named an All American Road by the US government, it’s worth a leisurely drive or, in our case, it’s the perfect place to see how the Cayenne rates. Our first stop is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; a non-profit organization October 18, 2012 dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife. The center provides permanent homes to animals that cannot be released into the wild. No need for bear spray here, this is the place for safe, up close and personal viewing of bears, eagles, lynx and caribou, amongst others. Late August may be cold, windy and damp but too soon it’s time to press on to our next destination; lunch at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge located in Cooper Landing. The lodge sits on the banks of the Kenai River and features bungalowstyle rooms and plenty of tranquility on 43 acres of grounds. Our repast is served in the Eagles Crest Restaurant, complete with stone fireplace and a breathtaking view of the river from the outdoor deck. After a lunch of blackened Halibut and a Salmon chowder, we waddle back out to our awaiting coaches and head to Quartz Creek, a major spawning tributary for Kenai River System Sockeye Salmon. What an amazing and exhausting display of sexual prowess! The salmon are huge, the water clear and shallow. It’s mesmerizing to watch, but bring mosquito repellent, those flying insects are as big and as tenacious as the salmon. A little mosquito netting paired with that bear spray and I could have stayed for hours, but it’s time for Alaska Supreme ice cream at Sweet Mo’s in the town of Hope. Located 87 miles south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway, the gold rush town was established 1896. Fortified, we head to Portage Glacier and Portage Lake. By this time, the wind has picked up along with the chill factor. Icebergs bobbing on the lake add to the rawness. Portage Glacier has begun to recede from the far shore of Portage Lake, although much still extends 100 feet down into the lake. We jump out, sans bear spray, take a few photos and jump back into the car to warm up. At this point, it’s getting late and time to head to our lodgings for the night. Departure the next morning is o’dark thirty and my thirty-eight hours in the last frontier only served to whet my appetite for more. Iceberg in Alaskan waters www.desertstarweekly.com EntertainmentSTAR Music Sights and sounds abound on new DVD/Blu-ray collections The late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, singer-songwriter Don McLean and Beatles producer George Martin fêted on new releases. Artist: Freddie Mercury Title: The Great Pretender (Eagle Rock Entertainment) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Queen, Foxy Shazam. Tell me more: Freddie Mercury was one of rock music���s most original voices, with an amazing sky-reaching tenor and oversized persona to match. And while his work as a part of the groundbreaking British rock quartet Queen has long been celebrated on previous releases such as the wonderful “Queen: Days of Our Lives” BBC documentary, his solo guise is finally put in the spotlight on the newlyissued “The Great Pretender.” Available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital video, this fascinating documentary was produced and directed by Rhys Thomas (a long-recognized fan and expert on Queen). Featuring previously-unseen and rare footage, the film reaches back to showcase rare interviews with Mercury as well as concert footage and recentlyfilmed segments from fellow Queen alumni Brian May (guitar) and Roger Taylor (drums). Information: www. eaglerockent.com. Artist: Don McLean Title: American Troubadour (Time Life) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Tell me more: A perfect companion to the 30-track two-disc audio CD collection of the same name released on Sept. 11, “Don McLean: American Troubadour” is an authorized documentary produced and directed by Jim Brown and widely shown on PBS this year. Offering a candid and entertaining behind-thescenes look at the celebrated artist behind timeless songs such as “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” and “And I Love You So,” there are also interviews with notables such as Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) and Mike Mills (R.E.M.) as well as classic footage of McLean on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” to bring a broad perspective of the talented singer-songwriter. Information: w w w. americanpie.com . Artist: George Martin Album: Produced by George Martin (Eagle Rock Entertainment) You might be interested in buying this if you like: The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney. Tell me more: Just as the legacy of The Beatles towers over all other artists www.desertstarweekly.com Worth Buying of the classic and modern rock eras, so does the throne that the Fab Four’s esteemed producer George Martin holds in the history of 20th century production. Thanks to the aptly-titled “Produced by George Martin,” the celebrated record producer and composer gets the chance to shine. The 138-minute documentary takes a personal look at Sir Martin, and includes the By Robert Kinsler now-retired Martin talking about his childhood including life during World War II and as a young music student. There are insightful clips and interviews with some of the heavyweights of the rock era – notably Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Jeff Beck. Originally broadcast in 2011 on the BBC’s “Arena” series, now audiences around the globe can check out “Produced by George Martin” on DVD, Blu-ray and digital video. Information: www.eaglerockent.com. Get the STAR delivered at home... 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Mike is the hot headliner in an all-male revue where he has rocked the stage at Club Xquisite for years with his original style and over the top dance moves, but when an intriguing new woman enters his life Mike starts to rethink his future as a dancer. The “Magic Mike” Blueray Combo Pack contains many special features that include “ Extended Dance Scenes,“ where you can watch full length dance scenes too hot for theaters and “Backstage on Magic Mike.“ The Backstage segment features Channing Tatum as he exposes the finer details of being a male stripper. He also talks about the transformation his co stars McConaughey, Boomer and Maganiello went through in order to perfect the art of taking off their clothes. Rated R for sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use. Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray Combo pack is $35.99. The single disc DVD is $28.98. “Rock of Ages” “Rock of Ages,” directed by Ad a m S h a n k m a n (“Hairspray), is lots of fun as it follows Sherry (Julianne Hough) a small town girl and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta in his feature film debut). HELP US KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN! We Need Your Support... Cast from “Magic Mike” They meet on the Sunset Strip as they pursue their rock music dreams. The film, based on the Broadway musical, features the hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more. The star-studded cast includes Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Oscar winner Catherine ZetaJones (“Chicago”), Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Bryan The ONLY Pet Supply Store in Desert Hot Springs is in danger of going out of business. DHS PETS & SUPPLIES 760-671-6067 13313 Palm Drive, Suite B 16 Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 DesertSTAR www.DHSPets.com Cranston (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) and Tom Cruise as a wild and crazy Rock singer. The Blu-ray Combo Pack has the extended edition with over 13 additional minutes of more songs, more dancing and more comedy. There October 18, 2012 are many special features like “Defining a Decade” where the stars take the audience into the world of the late ‘80s. The Combo Blu-ray Pack is $35.99 and the SRP for the single disc DVD is $28.98. “Rock of Ages” is also available for download from digital retailers including iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, Vudu and CinemaNow. his son to this day. The film also examines his family life abroad, his life with his grandparents in Hawaii as well as his academic “2016” The election is just around the corner and who ever becomes president may not be as sexy as the guys in the Warner Bros. films above, but he will be a man of power and influence. And power and influence have their own unique appeal. One key man in the race is the current President-Barack Obama. The film “2016,” now available on DVD, takes a look at Obama, beginning with his relationship with his African father who died in a car accident when Obama was very young. Even though he spent little time with the man, his father’s political ideals and views still resonate with pursuits, his professors and mentors. Much of the background narrative is from Obama’s reading of his book “Dreams From My Father.” The viewer also gets a chance to meet his half brother George who is interviewed by Dinesh D’Souza. No matter how you plan to vote, the film offers some interesting insights into the man who is our 44th president. The Lionsgate film is now available on DVD as of Oct. 16 from Amazon for $9.99. www.desertstarweekly.com CinemaSTAR Hollywood Behind The Scenes: The Critics Corner PALM SPRINGS, CA – The Palm Springs International Film Society in partnership with the Rancho Mirage Public Library will present the fourth season of the popular Hollywood Behind the Scenes series at the Rancho Mirage Public Library. This year’s edition of the series is Hollywood Behind the Scenes: The Critics Corner, highlighting key moments in movie history and exploring important trends in the movie industry with five of the most prominent, nationallyknown movie critics. In onstage interviews, the critics will read excerpts from their most memorable reviews and discuss significant movies, directors, and stars, as well as their own careers writing about the movies. The series kicks off on Monday, Oct. 15 with longtime Newsweek film critic David Ansen. For more than 35 years, Ansen has been one of the most acclaimed, insightful, and original voices writing about the movies. Amazingly, his career as a chronicler of films began when he was 12-years-old. That was when he started keeping a list of all the movies he’d seen, along with a rating for each movie. Now, some years later, the list contains well over 8,000 entries. Palm Springs International Film Festival Director Darryl Macdonald said, “It’s a distinct honor for us to have film journalists of this caliber contributing as our guest speakers for the Behind the Scenes series, co-hosted by the Rancho Mirage Public Library. Ansen has always been one of my touchstone sources of knowledge and opinion in the world of film criticism, and I couldn’t be more delighted that we’re able to kick off this year’s series with his participation.” The series will continue on Nov. 5 with New York Times www.desertstarweekly.com Middle: November 1, 2012 Late: November 15, 2012 Withoutabox Extended: Nov. 22. Details for both Withoutabox and manual submission are at http:// w w w . ATRIX Move-In Special property management property management 199 $ Move-In Special FREE RENT* $ chief film critic Manohla Dargis, with additional sessions on Feb. 12, 2013, Mar. 12 and Apr. 16. In the past the Hollywood Behind the Scenes series has featured prominent Hollywood notables such as producer Frank Capra III, Disney animator John Musker, documentarian Kirby Dick, costume designer Arianne Phillips and screenwriter John August among many others. 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A more heightened awareness of the social atmosphere, social grace of one’s self or of others and decisiveness. The best side of Libra is seen in their polite manner, their ability to charm and their desire for justice to the underdog. The key is to know how to work on the delicate balances in Life, when to behave with diplomacy, to display empathy and tolerance and, when to let go by leaving justice in the hands of the Universe. For All Signs: Celebrate this month with respect, action towards the ethers or the air around you, air within you; experience the transformational power of Pramayama, (breath control, breath techniques) found in Yoga. Best Sacred Geometry: Octahedron (Air). Best Yantra: The color Orange. Saturn in Scorpio: A Special Report Most affected are Scorpio, Scorpio Rising Signs and Capricorn. This transit began on October 5 and will continue until December 23, 2014. For Scorpio: You may have felt the shift on the 5th and continue to feel the pinch, the return of unsettling matters that will ebb and flow for the next two and a half years. Saturn, the planet of hard lessons, Karma will bring both hard challenges and also beneficial rewards when you realize it by the journey’s end. This planet brings greater structure to your unconsciousness, your higher self found in your psyche. You may have more to do with institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, etc. You will feel the urge to live up to your 18 most important obligations, responsibilities. If you chose to take on more, choose wisely, less is more with respects to stress. Expect delays, some restrictions that may limit your freedom in some ways. This transit will strip away from your Life situations, people, old habits that no longer serve you well. During this transit, resolve to be a better person. The sign of Capricorn may figure more prominently. Please remember: Without awareness of your health, you may lose. For Capricorn: Your ruling planet Saturn is now in the sign of Scorpio, ruled by Pluto. Pluto is in your sign until March, 2023. When Pluto is in retrograde, what was hidden can be revealed, when Pluto is direct, what is known can become hidden until the time comes for it to be revealed. While your planet is in the sign of Scorpio, you may feel tested by others imposing their opinions or power over your choice of friends or your career. You may not get the loan from your parents; you may not get that raise. It would be best to stick with the job, expect to work harder. This transit will still strengthen your endeavors as long you face your responsibilities with a positive attitude. The sign of Scorpio may figure more prominently. For All Signs: Negative thoughts may be the rule throughout this first month of Saturn’s entry into Scorpio. The Challenges: Pluto can be about money, corporations, power and domination by clandestine means. Saturn is about rules, regulations, going strictly by the book, not a fun time. Expect to see more tightening over the reigns of money, spending and making acquisition much more practical and long lasting. The Best: This may be a lighter trip than it was 2930 years ago when Pluto (Scorpio’s ruling planet) and Saturn (Capricorn’s ruling planet) last conjuncted. DesertSTAR affects By Ren Yogamaya, M.A. E-RYT 500 Best Chakra: 2nd – Svadhisthana. Best Colors: Orange, Oxblood and Black. Oct. 22 – Sun into Scorpio Most Affected are Scorpio and All Water Signs. The month will begin in the sign of Scorpio, for Vedic – Libra. For Scorpio: All Plutonian themes such as test of loyalty, concentration, courage or fear, depth and intensity, darkness, mystery, secrets, detection, jealousy, revenge and transformation will rule supreme until Nov. 22. A more heightened awareness of the mysterious, intrigue, sex and the occult. The best side of Scorpio is seen in their devil’s advocate manner, their loyalty to the cause and assisting others for the sake of transformation. The key is to know how to work on transformation of yourself, for yourself and, when to let go by leaving justice in the hands of the Universe. For All Signs: Celebrate this month with respect, action with and towards water around you, water within you; experience the transformational power of Aquatic Pool Yoga or other water sports, exercises, techniques. Best Sacred Geometry: Icosahedron (Water). Best Yantra: The colors Orange, Oxblood or Black. On-Going Astrological Affects: Jupiter in Gemini Most Affected are Gemini and All Air Signs. This transit began on June 11 of this year and continues for a full year, until June 25, 2013. For Gemini: The Good News: Jupiter, the planet of luck, opportunity and expansion enters your sign and will bring you a plethora of greatness into your Life for a full year. Your outlook in life will become more positive, optimistic and there will be a light skip in your step. Higher learning may appeal to you as your spiritual beliefs may expand. Careful not to take on more than you can handle. People born under the sign of Sagittarius (or have Sag rising) will figure more prominently. For All Signs: Trying to maintain a single point of view may become obsolete during this year. We may experience intellectual flexibility as well as more curiosity. The inexperienced may try to influence the gullible; teachers who have little knowledge or who look great on the surface may be viewed as a passing trend. The contribution that Jupiter in Gemini will provide is our immediate recognition of the genuine and the change of our belief system that will help us to open our minds to an expansive wave of truths. Best Mantra: HAM, HUM. Best Colors: Light Blue, Turquoise and Indigo Blue. Ren Yogamaya is a Yoga teacher registered at the highest level with the Yoga Alliance, a writer, the published author of EAT BY COLOR: Foods, Colors and The Chakras, a syndicated columnist and she is a natural channel for Universal Light. She offers solutions, she teaches at Dancing Shiva Yoga in L.A. and can be reached at www. renyogamaya.com and on Facebook: Ren Rasa Yogamaya October 18, 2012 Sam Sloneker Drum Circle Honoring The Full Moon on Monday, Oct. 29 JOSHUS TREE, CA - The Joshua Tree Retreat Center at the Institute of Mentalphysics will host a community drum circle celebrating the Full Moon from 7 – 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29. Well-known Joshua Tree percussionist Sam Sloneker will facilitate the gathering, which will be held in the center’s Friendship Hall. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Studies have shown participation in group drumming to offer a number of worthwhile benefits, including artistic self-expression, community connection and interaction, an expanded sense of self and heightened sense of belonging, increased rapport with others, relief of stress, emotional balancing, and strengthening of the immune system. “Fall has arrived here in the desert, ushered in by some spectacular meteor showers and our September Autumn Equinox drum circle. It’s bringing us some welcomed cooler temperatures, and I’m really looking forward to our drumming together beneath October’s Full Moon,” said Sloneker. “The polarity effect created by the Sun and Moon pulling in opposing directions with Earth in the middle can bring on a period of intense energy and precarious balance, and playing together in our circle can help to ground and center us during this time of heightened energies. “This event will complete our fourth year of monthly community drum circles at the Retreat Center and offers us a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with ourselves, and with each other, as we move more deeply into our fall season. As we’re so near Halloween, I encourage participants to dress in costume to add to the occasion’s festive note. 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Inside the Boys and Girls Club sports gear unpacked Additionally, Phase Two of the project which includes the new Desert Hot Springs Community Health and Wellness Center (DHS CWC) and the John Furbee Aquatic Center are slated to be completed by Nov. 28. The DHS CWC sits on 6.62 acres and is located at 11-750 Cholula Drive adjacent to the new Boys and Girls Club. The entire three-facility complex measures 32,200 square feet. The Boy’s and Girl’s Club: measures 22,000 square feet with the Health Center: measuring 8,200 square feet and the Fur bee Aquatic Center measuring 2,000 square feet with an Olympic size swimming pool Outside Health and Wellness Center crews work Best Quality! Best Price! Guaranteed! RELIABLE ROOFING ED VOT 1 # IN Y LIT QUA by Todd Gregory Young • Shingles • Torch Down • Tile Roofs LOW DESERT Cabot’s Future by California Senator Dianne Feinstein. 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The Boy’s and Girl’s Club is part of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Coachella Valley. An official public grand opening for the entire threefacility complex is scheduled for January 12, 2013. reliableroofingbytgy.com 508 INDUSTRIAL PLACE PALM SPRINGS, CA October 18, 2012 SUN - THURS 7pm to 2am FRI & SAT 7pm to 4am DesertSTAR 21 STARTheater Bears Coming To PS New event attracting tourists from around the globe PALM SPRINGS, CA - The first International Bear Convergence event was announced at Hunters Nightclub in Palm Springs. The event, attracting men from all over the world, is associated with the LGBT subset known as ‘Bears,” is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of revenue and tax dollars to a city that already hosts the White Party and Dinah Shore Weekend. More than 4,000 men are expected to attend this event being hosted at the Renaissance Palms Springs Hotel. Local retailers and restaurants will benefit from the attendance and business owners are excited to begin promoting Palm Springs to this international audience. Event Producer Steve (Stevo) Harris and Co-Producer Chris Vance are determined to make a splash in the World-wide Bear event circuit as this winter event will attract those seeking the perfect location for sun and fun. “It was a long time coming” said Harris. “The Bear Community has grown considerably over the past 10 years and it’s time to place an event in one of the gayest cities in the world with the most perfect weather.” Provincetown, Massachusetts; Dallas, Texas; San Francisco; Cologne, Germany; and Sitges, Spain are known to have Bear events attracting more than 6,000 men per event. Pool parties, dances and mixers are part of the weekend activities. Top entertainment and DJ’s are expected to draw in hundreds from surrounding cities. Steve Harris is the former Editor in Chief of “A Bear’s Life” magazine and produced such events as Bear Trek in White Plains, New York; Big Bear Adventure Weekend in Big Bear Lake California; and Bear Heat dance events in Palm Springs. He is also the CEO of Diversity Platinum Rewards, Inc. Chris Vance is the producer of “BearNight” a monthly dance event for the Bear Community in San Diego, California as well as “Furball” an annual dance event during San Diego Gay Pride. For more information contact Steve Harris at 760-325-2273 or www.ibc-ps.com The cast of “Sordid Lives” Del Shores Speaks on “Sordid Lives” Photos and Story by Pat Krause PALM SPRING, CA - Del Shores, who brought the movie “Sordid Lives” to the Valley has brought another funny and very raw emotional film to the Camelot Theatre. The premier showing of “Blues for Willadean” was held on Friday, Oct. 12 with a Q&A segment. Four members of the cast and Del Shores took to the stage. The audience asked very few questions but thanked Shores for having the courage to make a film like this about domestic abuse and yet bringing enough humor during the film to make people laugh. A few told their own stories about abuse and had the cast and audience getting tears in their eyes. The movie was based on the play, “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.” It brought you into the life of an abused wife living in a trailer, with a black woman as her best friend, a harlot neighbor and her abusive husband. Shores brought his own brand of humor to this film. He had the audience laughing out loud on many occasions and watching in horror in other parts. It is a very emotional film with superb acting. This film was shown during Domestic Abuse month. I think this movie will be here for a long time after the word gets out about how great this little film is. Hopefully, this movie will give women the courage to leave an abusive relationship. The Palm Springs Air Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft; and unlike many other museums, our air-conditioned hangars have no ropes to keep you from interacting with our exhibits. In addition to our aircraft, exhibits and activities allow visitors of all ages to gain a fresh perspective of World War II — the unparalleled event that shaped the world we live in. Our extensive library and our crew of trained volunteers can provide you details on the aircraft and a sense of the experience of flying them. Additionally, a number of aircraft are open for tours every day. Children of all ages are entranced by the big planes and entertained with related activities, from our kid-sized control tower to flying our simulators. And we’re pet friendly to friendly pets. Aircraft & Exhibits Gift Shop & Café Tours & Private Events •Admission• Active Duty Military & Families are Admitted Free Adults, 18 to 65 years Seniors, 65 and older Retired military with ID Youth, 13 to 17 years Children, 6 to 12 years Family Group of 1 or 2 adults and 3 children under 13 Children 5 and younger 22 DesertSTAR October 18, 2012 $15.00 $13.00 $13.00 $13.00 $8.00 $30.00 Free www.desertstarweekly.com Casino BeatSTAR State-of-the-Art Fun and Excitement... Fantasy Springs Undergoes Remodel INDIO, CA – Expect some big changes at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the next evolution has begun on the gaming floor. Construction crews are working around the clock, tearing down the old and putting up the new. When all is said and done, guests can expect to see a restyled casino floor with chic carpeting and wall treatments, comfortable new chairs to enhance the gaming experience, a new wave of The slots are down slot machines and a state-ofthe-art air filtration system. Along with all the bells and whistles comes a friendlier club desk which is being redesigned and relocated to make it easier for players to claim their rewards. Plus expect to see all new promotions which give-away more than ever before – like the $200,000 Lucky Ticket Giveaway. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino General Manager, Paul Ryan said, “Fantasy Springs is always looking to keep its resort and amenities current and exciting. “Our commitment to exceeding our guests’ expectations remains at the very core of who we are and what we deliver to our guests.” In the past few years Ryan and his team have focused on adding elements to the property that reinforced the desire to create a world-class entertainment and gaming facility. That phase of new construction included Eagle Falls Golf course, Lique Ice Cream Parlor, Joy Asian Cuisine and the high energy Lit Nightclub. Ryan said, “With these new additions in place we felt that a complete remodel of the gaming floor was essential in order to bridge all of our activities into a total guest experience.” The latest remodeling project is expected to be complete by mid-November. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino provides an oasis in the desert, featuring 30 “Best of Gaming” awards from Casino Player magazine. Offering 2,000 of the hottest slots, world-class table games, entertainment, hotel, dining and golf at Eagle Falls, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino stands to meet and exceed the needs of its guests and the community. Fantasy Springs is a privately operated business of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians. 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Fettuccini cooked al dente in a garlic cream and cheese sauce 12 With 6-ounce grilled Chicken breast 16 Ribeye Steak 16-ounce Ribeye Steak grilled to your specification 19 Pasta Primavera Choice of pasta cooked al dente with lightly sauteed fresh vegetables in a garlic white wine sauce 10 Tortellini Cheese filled pasta served with your choice of Marinara, Meat, Tomato sauce or Ali Olio 11 Gnocchi a la Romano A small pasta made from potatoes served with your choice of Marinara, Meat, Tomato sauce or Ali Olio 11 Lasagna Lasagna pasta layered with a meat and seasoned Ricotta cheese filling with Mozzarella cheese melted over the top. 12 Ravioli Your choice of meat or cheese Ravioli served with your choice of Marinara, Meat, Tomato sauce or Ali Olio 12 Salmon Steak Broiled or poached in white wine 15 Capri House Salad Mixed seasonal fresh assorted greens with Three Bean salad, pickled beats and served with a choice of dressings Large 6; Small 3 Served with side of House Pasta with choice of Meat, Marinara or Tomato sauce. Includes soup or salad and garlic bread Antipasto Salad The classic Italian “meal in a salad.” Mortadella, Genoa, Surpossata, Capacolla, Provolone cheese, Three Bean Salad atop a bed of mixed greens. For One 9; for Two 17; for Four 30 Cobb Salad Shredded iceberg lettuce topped with sliced turkey, diced hard-cooked egg, bacon bits, diced tomatoes, avocado slices and bleu cheese crumbles, served with a choice of dressings 9 24 DesertSTAR Veal Parmesan Breaded Veal cutlet with tomato sauce and Mozzarella cheese melted on top 18 Rack of Lamb Broiled to your satisfaction and served with Mint Jelly Half Rack 19; Full Rack 28 Chicken Crab Cakes Two large crab cakes with herb pesto beurre blanc and roasted red pepper puree on a bed of mixed greens and a tomato basil vinaigrette 15 Neopolitan Salad Sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion; kidney, garbanzo & green beans; tossed with fresh basil, garlic and olive oil vinaigrette 7 Top Sirloin 16-ounce Top Sirloin grilled to your specification 14 Eggplant Parmesan Layered with tomato sauce and Mozzarella cheese melted on top. Served with a side of Pasta. 11 Caesar Salad With fresh grated Parmesan cheese 7 With grilled Chicken 10; Salmon or Shrimp 12; Duck 14 Spinach Salad Fresh spinach drizzled with a tasty balsamic vinaigrette and topped with chopped hardboiled eggs, slivered red onions and bacon bits 7 Topped with large shrimp 12 Steak & Scampi 8-ounce Top Sirloin served with Shrimp Scampi 19 Bracciole John Santucci Sr’s recipe. Rolled flank steak stuffed with Italian cheeses, coldcuts, pancetta, spices and hard boiled egg slow cooked in our classic marinara sauce 15 From the Sea Duck Salad Marinated duck breast broiled and served atop a bed of mixed greens, slivered almonds, sesame seeds, snow peas, Mandarin oranges and julienne peppers, served with a creamy orange teriyaki vinaigrette 13 Filet Mignon Aged beef tenderloin grilled to perfection. Chef’s 16-ounce cut 28; 8-ounce cut 17 Manicotti or Cannelloni Homemade Crepes stuffed with either a seasoned Ricotta Cheese filling or a seasoned meat filling 12 Sausage & Peppers Our own homemade Italian Sausage sautéed with onions, peppers and mushrooms in tomato sauce, served over a bed of House pasta. 13 Salads New York Steak 16-ounce New York Strip grilled to your specification 19 Halibut Steak Sauteed with butter, lemon juice and parsley 15 Shrimp Scampi Napolitana Scampi sauteed in a garlic and butter sauce served over a bed of pasta 16 Scampi Marinara or Diavolo Shrimp cooked in a classic or VERY Spicy Marinara sauce served over a bed of pasta 17 Fruita di Mare The “Fruit of the Sea.” A combination of fish, scallops, mussels and shrimp in a marinara sauce over a bed of Linguini 15 Capri Italian Restaurant & Steakhouse October 18, 2012 Served with side of House Pasta with choice of Meat, Marinara or Tomato sauce. Includes soup or salad and garlic bread Chicken Marsala Boneless skinless Chicken breast sautéed in a fresh mushroom and a sweet Marsala wine sauce 14 Chicken Francaise Chicken breast sauteed in a lemon and butter sauce and then browned quickly in the oven with lemon slices 15 Chicken & Scampi Santucci Sr.s’ own creation, Chicken breast, shrimp and mushrooms sautéed in a Marsala wine sauce. 19 Chicken Cacciatore Chicken breast sliced thinly in marinara sauce with mushrooms, bell peppers and onions 15 Chicken Parmesan Our classic Chicken breast, breaded, with tomato sauce and Mozzarella cheese melted on top. 15 Cajun Chicken Sautéed chicken breast with Cajun spices served over a bed of linguini. 15 Chicken Pomodoro Thinly sliced Chicken breast sautéed in fresh basil, tomatoes, garlic and white wine sauce served over a bed of linguini. 15 Indoor & Outdoor Dining Reservations Suggested 760-329-6833 M I R ACLE S PR I N G S R E SORT & SPA 10625 Palm Drive, 92240 –––– Visit capriitalian.com –––– September 20 - 26, 2012 www.desertstarweekly.com